Archives for the month of: May, 2011

Awhile back I took a soft cheese making class with a friend – I’m still a little blown away by the fact that cheese I something I can actually make…  Since the class I’d been too intimidated to try any of the cheeses, even though some seemed really easy. But then I found out my friend had made two cheeses – nothing like being out done to get me motivated.

Since its asparagus season, I’m quickly trying all of my favorite recipes. I’ve been waiting on one that sounded particularly good – an asparagus tart on puff pastry. Looking at the recipe again I realized it called for ricotta – time to try some cheese making!

It really is amazingly easy. Since I live in a dairy county, finding the right whole milk is easy. Heat it up with a little acid and salt, let curds form, and that’s about it.

Once the whey has fully drained out – you have fresh ricotta! (on a side not, the whey is a great fertilizer).

I couldn’t wait to taste it, so had a little bowl with honey & blueberries – yum!

Half of it made the base for this super tasty asparagus tart.

The other half is just waiting to be used. If I’m patient it might make ricotta pancakes, but I have a feeling it’s going to be on a bagel with honey or just eaten with a spoon.

So, the poppy pillow got bumped again (I think I’m intimidated by doing that beautiful fabric justice). A quick felt project won out again. I’ve been thinking about my summer trip to Bali and somewhere along the line decided that I had to have a passport holder. My friend Michelle found a cute & easy pattern and away I went.

Still thinking of Japan, I embroidered three origami cranes on the front in Sashiko style.

From there it was just cutting a few pockets, stitching them on, and stitching the two sides together (with some help from my other new friend – double sided fusible interfacing). And ta da! one travel document wallet.

It has pockets for my passport, nexus card or ID and boarding pass.

I can’t wait to put it to use!